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Varsity Times Insider: The latest sports news from Southern California's high school teams

Eric Sondheimer has been covering high school sports for the Los Angeles Times since 1997 and in Southern California since 1976. Get his latest from the field and follow all our prep sports coverage and analysis here.

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BOYS BASKETBALL

Adelanto 62, Silverado 56

Arroyo 62, South El Monte 44

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  • Basketball

Etiwanda took over first place in the Baseline League by holding off Damien 64-61 on Wednesday night.

The Eagles put together a strong third quarter to open a seemingly comfortable lead, only to see Damien rally and miss a three-point shot attempt at the buzzer. D’Anthony McGowan scored 16 points for Damien. Malik Thomas had 22 points for Damien.

Los Altos’ Jarod Lucas scored 49 points in an 89-57 win over West Covina, giving him his 3,000th career point. Only four players have scored more than 3,000 points in Southern Section history.

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  • Football

Coaching in the Trinity League for football is similar to being a college coach. They expect you to win, and Santa Margarita announced on Wednesday that it has dismissed third-year coach Rich Fisher after a 3-7 season and 0-5 mark in league play.

Fisher came to Santa Margarita after being an assistant coach at Nebraska. The Eagles made the Division 1 playoffs two of the three years. But it has become so challenging these days that rebuilding years are no longer acceptable in a league that welcomes transfers to replace graduating seniors. In other words, you’re expected to reload.

The signs of trouble for Fisher could be seen in that players have already left for rival Trinity League schools St. John Bosco and JSerra.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Academia Avance 47, Collins 32

Academy for Careers and Exploration 52, Lucerne Valley 38

Valencia (17-4, 5-0) and Saugus (14-6, 4-1) are headed for a Friday showdown at Valencia to decide first place in the Foothill League.

‘On Tuesday, Valencia defeated Canyon 82-61. Jake Hlywaik scored 14 points and Josh Assiff added 13 points. Saugus defeated Hart 82-56. Adrian McIntyre had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Camron Nale added 17 points and 10 rebounds.

In the Gold Coast League, No. 1 Sierra Canyon rolled to a 77-57 win over Windward for a 20-1 record. Cassius Stanley finished with 21 points, KJ Martin 19 and Scotty Pippen Jr. 15. Freshman Dylan Andrews scored 16 points for Windward and Devin Tillis 15.

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Even though Sierra Canyon’s girls’ basketball team was 18-0 and ranked No. 1 in California, the Trailblazers knew it really meant nothing unless they could demonstrate they could handle defending state champion Windward, their longtime league nemesis.

Junior guards Vanessa De Jesus and Ashley Chevalier outplayed their more highly touted counterparts on Tuesday night to lead the unbeaten Trailblazers to a 66-57 victory at Windward.

De Jesus made a career-high seven three-pointers and finished with 32 points. Chevalier, the daughter of boys’ coach Andre Chevalier, scored 20 points and did a fabulous job covering Charisma Osborne, who finished with 23 points.

Vicky Lagos has been selected to become the next City Section commissioner.
Vicky Lagos has been selected to become the next City Section commissioner. (Dick Dornan)

Female power is coming to the City Section.

The two most powerful figures in City Section athletics for the 2019-20 school year will be women after the Executive Committee of the Board of Managers announced on Tuesday that it has selected Vicky Lagos to become the next commissioner, taking over for the retiring John Aguirre.

She’ll join the incoming president of the Board of Managers, Neezer McNab, in being tasked to run the City Section, which has 152 high schools, including 88 in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Arroyo Valley 39, Riverside Prep 38

Calabasas 82, Oaks Christian 61

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In girls basketball, there shouldn’t be a better regular season game than Tuesday’s Gold Coast League showdown matching No. 1 Sierra Canyon (18-0) against No. 3 Windward (16-3) at 5:30 p.m. at Windward. The boys’ game will get second billing at 7 p.m.

Sierra Canyon will have to deal with UCLA-bound Charisma Osborne. Windward must deal with the Trailblazers’ quickness and many weapons.

It’s also a great coaching matchup, with Sierra Canyon’s Alicia Komaki taking on Windward’s Vanessa Nygaard.

  • Basketball

Detectives from the Lancaster station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are continuing to investigate a fight that broke out after the San Pedro-Quartz Hill basketball game on Jan. 2 at Eastside High in Lancaster, according to deputy Yeni Deciga.

Arrested on suspicion of assault using his hands, feet and fists was 18-year-old Cam Thomas, a San Pedro basketball-football player. His bail was set at $30,000. The district attorney has not decided whether to file charges, Deciga said.

Thomas caught a 43-yard pass in a San Pedro City Section Division I championship football win over Dorsey. His name has been removed from San Pedro’s basketball roster on MaxPreps.com.